Nathan Ake Quotes.
Everyone could always see Frank Lampard would become a head coach. The way he was as a player, always trying to help people and on everyone’s case. I’m very happy for Chelsea.
But I think you always feel it doesn’t matter how much people talk you up or down; you always feel what you’ve done yourself.
But then when you are on the training pitch and you give a pass away or something it affects you more and your head starts to go. It doesn’t happen a lot but it does happen.
When I came over, there was a lot of criticism that I was too young to go to England. I just wanted to take that experience and be a better player.
I don’t drink and I never have. A lot of people ask me why. But imagine if something goes wrong… I just want to make sure I’ve got nothing to blame, like: ‘I should have done this, I should have done that.’ I just want to focus on what I do on the pitch.
That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken. Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was Young Player of the Year and then I was in the reserves again.
With Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez I played in midfield, so at that time I thought that was my position.
It used to tear me up when we lost games, it stayed in me for weeks. I was a bad loser at everything. When we used to play board games, I had fights with my family and I had to go to my room.
When I was playing with ADO Den Hag in the youth teams at that time I was quite strong because I was used to older people.